After the Bombay Court ordered to move 13 games out of Maharashtra, the BCCI have roped in Kanpur, Ranchi and Indore as alternate venues for the remainder of IPL 9. The Bombay High court had ordered the BCCI not conduct matches in Maharashtra after 30th April. Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary, told reporters while the Bombay HC hearing was underway: “We have discussed giving help to the villages most affected by the drought. Our decision has been put forward. The BCCI is neither using potable water nor intends to do so.”
Pune was scheduled to host nine matches including the Eliminator on 25th May and qualifier 2 on May 27th. Kings XI Punjab second home VCA Stadium was to host three matches.
“Organising the IPL is a gigantic work. It’s not easy. All preparations had been done, completed,” Shukla said. “Now shifting the matches will be a problem. So far, we have not got the written order, after we get that, we will study the order and work out an alternative plan. We always respect the court. We need to talk to other franchises. Out of 19 matches in Maharashtra, 13 have to be moved out, we will have to work it out.
“Nobody raised these issues for six months. Whatever was required, we were willing to do. In fact, I would like to point out that a lot many other sports and cultural events are going on in Maharashtra, which also use water and they should also help.”